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Only 9% of Israelis Think Obama Is Pro-Israel

12:01 PM, Mar 26, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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From Ben Smith

Obama's numbers in Israel have never been particularly good, and the Jerusalem Post's latest poll shows him still in the ditch: Just 9% of Israelis, according to the poll, says he's "pro-Israel," to the 48% who said he's pro-Palestinian and 30% who called him neutral.

The paper found the pro-Israel figure at 4% last August, down from 31% before tensions between him and Netanyahu started filtering into the public eye in May, so this is actually a slight improvement.

There is, frustratingly, no Israeli pollster tracking more straightforward approval figures for Obama, but the low poll numbers deprive him of a domestic lever to use against Netanyahu that Bill Clinton enjoyed.

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